VATICAN CITY – Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, on 2 March 2017 appointed national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei for a five-year term , Rev Victor Louis Gnanaprakasam, of the diocese of Penang.
The new national director was born on 1 November 1966 at Bagan Serai, Perak, and was ordained a priest on 14 July 1997 in his hometown. Since his ordination he has served vice parish priest, parish priest in various communities, and a member of the Council of Priests. In 2007 he was awarded a Masters in Missiology at the St Peter’s Institute in Bangalore. On 1 April 2007 he was appointed diocesan PMS Director. Then he served as parish priest, member of the Council of Priests and since 17 February 2016, Chancellor of the diocese of Penang.